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When W.A. Moncrief fired an incompetent accountant at his oil business in1993, he gave the accountant a generous severance package that included a car. What Moncrief didn't realize was that the accountant was planning on padding his income by colluding with the government in building a dubious case against his former employer.
In testimony before the Senate Finance Committee, Moncrief said that the fired accountant had been stealing files from Moncrief 's company in Fort Worth, Texas, for about a year before his dismissal. The accountant told representatives from the federal Internal Revenue Service, Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Treasury that Moncrief had cheated the government of up to $300 million in unpaid taxes. As it turned out, the accountant had made a deal with the IRS district director in Dallas that would net him up to $25 million if Moncrief was prosecuted
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